A reliable offline GPS navigation app can be a true lifesaver when you find yourself in a place with a spotty cellular data connection. It can also save you money on data roaming fees when traveling abroad. So, if you’re ready to never get lost again — even when that Internet connection is spotty at best — follow along with us below. For your convenience, we have selected top seven best offline GPS apps for iPhone, giving you pros and cons for each. Let’s dive right in.
If you already own an iPhone, the first and go-to app that you can use is Apple Maps. Most folks might not be aware, but Apple Maps allows you to download maps and directional data for offline use. You can’t download entire maps, but usually, you can at least finish the route that you start.
The way it works — so long as you have Location Services enabled on your iPhone — is that you start your route, and then, Apple Maps automatically caches that route. So, even if you run through an area with spotty cell service, navigation should still continue. You should be able to access the map fine, too.
However, if both Location Services and your Internet connection are offline, offline Apple Maps won’t work at all.
Sygic GPS Navigation is another wonderful choice. Used by over 200 million people, Sygic allows them to navigate anywhere, even without an Internet connection. What’s unique about this one is that it provides offline maps of all countries in the world, from TomTom and other navigation providers.
There’s voice-guided GPS navigation with precise directions and spoken street names, and one of the other unique aspects is that there’s free map updates a couple times per year.
While we appreciate the sleek user experience provided by Apple Maps, we can’t deny that Google is the leader when it comes to GPS navigation. Famous for its panoramic views of streets and real-time traffic conditions, Google Maps can also be used as an offline navigation. All you have to do is tap the Menu button, choose Offline areas, and select the area you would like to save for offline use. This way, you’ll be able to access driving directions, points of interests, and business information even without data connection. The only two things that won’t be available are walking and transit directions.
MAPS.ME is the most polished offline GPS navigation app that uses free geographic data provided by the OpenStreetMap initiative. Just like OpenStreetMap, the app will always be free and up-to-date. So far, it has been downloaded by over 50 million users and translated into virtually all major languages. The app comes with turn-by-turn navigation, bookmarks, points of interest, location sharing, and social network integration. The current version enjoys an excellent rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
All popular GPS apps can get you from point A to point B. The difference is how they do it. Some are difficult to use and distracting, while others are designed to get you to your destination with ease. HERE WeGo falls into the latter category. The developers have focused primarily on city navigation, creating a modern GPS navigation app with turn-by-turn guidance, public transport information, and accurate offline maps of more than 100 countries around the world.
Walking is arguably the best way how to explore a city and discover its secrets and charms. The GPSmyCity app allows you to conveniently access thousands of travel articles written by travel writers and locals from all over the world. With just a few clicks, you can plan a self-guided walking tour and use the app’s turn-by-turn navigation to guide from one point of interest to another. Best of all, everything is functional in an offline mode, so you don’t have to worry about roaming fees when you find yourself in a new destination.
TrailLink is described as the ultimate trail-finder app for all outdoor enthusiasts. The description is certainly not misleading. With over 30,000 miles of multi-use trails, thousands of trail descriptions, reviews, photos, and detailed trail maps, TrailLink is the only app for biking and hiking that you need to keep installed on your iPhone. Unfortunately, offline maps will set you back $1.99 for 3 maps, $3.99 for 7 maps, or $7.99 for 15 maps. If you’re an avid hiker or biker, you can also purchase 12 months of unlimited offline map downloads for $29.99.
As you can see, there are a lot of excellent GPS maps that have offline navigation, and even general offline map data that you can view. Many of these are free, but osme do come with their own map packs that require an in-app purchase. We’d definitely recommend giving Apple Maps a try first, as the offline navigation is seamless!
Do you have a favorite offline GPS app? Let us know in the comments below.